Doris Zagon Story
Doris Zagon was working for the Coulter Corporation, the creators of the Coulter Blood Cell Counter in Florida, when her 11-year-old son, Michael, became
ill. When doctors in Miami were unable to help Michael, Doris' boss, Wallace Coulter, suggested Michael seek treatment at The University of Texas
MD Anderson Cancer Center.
"Because of his work in the medical arena, Mr. Coulter had heard about groundbreaking treatments at MD Anderson. So he arranged for us to fly to Houston," Doris says.
Shortly after arriving, doctors at MD Anderson diagnosed Michael with rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare soft tissue cancer. Doris was amazed by MD Anderson's impressive facility and world-class staff.
"I had never seen a hospital as advanced as MD Anderson," says Doris.
Doris and Michael settled into the hospital for the many treatments to come. Unfortunately, Michael's cancer already was very advanced and treatments were unsuccessful. Michael passed away just before his 14 th birthday.
Doris and her late husband, Harold, allowed doctors to use Michael's case to help advance MD Anderson's cancer research. Additionally, Doris' personal experience with cancer has led her to include MD Anderson in her will.
"I want to support MD Anderson's research efforts, especially for rhabdomyosarcoma and other related cancers," Doris says. Her gift is earmarked for that purpose.
"My attorney and I decided it made sense for me to leave the remainder of my estate to MD Anderson after I first provided for my family," she says. "MD Anderson is the best cancer hospital in the country. I am glad to know my gift in my estate plans will be able to help children like Michael with similar illnesses."